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I understand that religion makes it easier to deal with all of the random, shitty things that happen to us. And I wish I could get on that ride, I’m sure I would be happier. But I can’t.

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ryanoshea:


Rep. Kyrsten Sinema, first Congressperson to officially describe her religion as “none,” is sworn in not on the Bible, but on the document she’s actually supposed to be protecting and upholding—the Constitution.
Edit: She’s also the first openly bisexual Congressperson. (via eyesdriftskyward)
[Fun fact: James Madison remains the only president to take his oath of office on a book of laws, rather than the Bible.]


While making no commentary on the religious angle at play, doesn’t it seem like using the U.S. Constitution for swearing-ins makes a lot more sense, as a function of government?

shortformblog:

ryanoshea:

Rep. Kyrsten Sinema, first Congressperson to officially describe her religion as “none,” is sworn in not on the Bible, but on the document she’s actually supposed to be protecting and upholding—the Constitution.

Edit: She’s also the first openly bisexual Congressperson. (via eyesdriftskyward)

[Fun fact: James Madison remains the only president to take his oath of office on a book of laws, rather than the Bible.]

While making no commentary on the religious angle at play, doesn’t it seem like using the U.S. Constitution for swearing-ins makes a lot more sense, as a function of government?

About belief or lack of belief in an afterlife: Some of you may know that I am neither Christian nor Jewish nor Buddhist, nor a conventionally religious person of any sort. I am a humanist, which means, in part, that I have tried to behave decently without any expectation of rewards or punishments after I’m dead.
Kurt Vonnegut, God Bless You, Dr. Kevorkian
If religion were true, its followers would not try to bludgeon their young into an artificial conformity; but would merely insist on their unbending quest for truth.
H.P. Lovecraft, American fantasy, horror, and science-fiction author. Stephen King called him the greatest master of the classic horror tale. Before age five, announced he no longer believed in Santa Claus.  “Further thought convinced him that arguments for the existence of God suffered the same weaknesses,” a biographer wrote. (via helvetebrann)
Life is but a momentary glimpse of the wonder of this astonishing universe, and it is sad to see so many dreaming it away on spiritual fantasy.
Carl Sagan - American astronomer and science popularizer.  “My candidate for planetary ambassador…a beacon of clear light in a dark world of alien abductions and ‘real-life X-files,’ of psychic charlatans and New Age airheads, of fatcat astrologers giggling all the way to the millennium.” - Richard Dawkins.  “Carl never wanted to believe.  He wanted to know.” - Sagan’s wife, Ann Druyan. (via helvetebrann)
mickyalexandria:

rollahardsix:

atruefollower:


“In GOD We Trust.” 
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A little boy was walking to school with his dog, but the school administration wouldn’t let him in. 
As the dog sat there and whimpered, God appeared next to him. “Don’t feel bad, they won’t let ME in either.”
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Why is our culture degrading? Because we are being told that prayer is wrong, that our FAITH is just conjecture, and other lies from people who have nothing else to do than take away our rights. Don’t accept what they’re doing to our beautiful country, which was founded by our Christian founding fathers.
I’m not telling you that you’re a bad person if you don’t reblog, but if you do, then just maybe we can make a difference.

Obviously, you have not read the Constitution. 
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
There you have it. No one is making you shed your Bronze Age religious beliefs at the public school door, but church and state MUST be kept separate, by law. This is to protect freedom for everybody. This was very important to the founding fathers, who wrote the Constitution. 
Also, contrary to popular belief, the founding fathers were progressive and secularist. Yes, most of them believed in a God and some of them considered themselves Christian. But they did not found this country as a Christian nation.  
The Government of the United States is not in any sense founded on the Christian religion. - John Adams
Religious bondage shackles and debilitates the mind and unfits it for every noble enterprise. - James Madison
There’s quite a few from Thomas Jefferson and Thomas Paine; and although Jefferson (and perhaps Paine) would be considered a deist, they were both very opposed to organized religion.

I get angry at this also, it’s as if the government officials and the religious public want to create a theocracy, which often times when they set Days of Prayer, harass anyone who does not believe in Christianity, and force anyone running for office to tell the public their religious views, that’s what it looks like they want to do.  
From the federally funded abstinence only programs, to the constant erasure of the dangerous history of Christianity in both America and the world, we need to recognize the variety of ways people think and the beliefs they live by.  Just because they do not hold Christian values does not make them “lost” or “Satan worshipers” (a ridiculous insult to those who don’t believe in Satan lol)   

I’ve already discussed this on here before, but I just wanted this post on my blog. Also, the image made me laugh because most people are unaware that “In God We Trust” wasn’t added to the US dollar bill until 1957. The Founding Fathers would not approve. Heh.

mickyalexandria:

rollahardsix:

atruefollower:

“In GOD We Trust.” 

——-

A little boy was walking to school with his dog, but the school administration wouldn’t let him in. 

As the dog sat there and whimpered, God appeared next to him. “Don’t feel bad, they won’t let ME in either.”

——-

Why is our culture degrading? Because we are being told that prayer is wrong, that our FAITH is just conjecture, and other lies from people who have nothing else to do than take away our rights. Don’t accept what they’re doing to our beautiful country, which was founded by our Christian founding fathers.

I’m not telling you that you’re a bad person if you don’t reblog, but if you do, then just maybe we can make a difference.

Obviously, you have not read the Constitution. 

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

There you have it. No one is making you shed your Bronze Age religious beliefs at the public school door, but church and state MUST be kept separate, by law. This is to protect freedom for everybody. This was very important to the founding fathers, who wrote the Constitution. 

Also, contrary to popular belief, the founding fathers were progressive and secularist. Yes, most of them believed in a God and some of them considered themselves Christian. But they did not found this country as a Christian nation.  

The Government of the United States is not in any sense founded on the Christian religion. - John Adams

Religious bondage shackles and debilitates the mind and unfits it for every noble enterprise. - James Madison

There’s quite a few from Thomas Jefferson and Thomas Paine; and although Jefferson (and perhaps Paine) would be considered a deist, they were both very opposed to organized religion.

I get angry at this also, it’s as if the government officials and the religious public want to create a theocracy, which often times when they set Days of Prayer, harass anyone who does not believe in Christianity, and force anyone running for office to tell the public their religious views, that’s what it looks like they want to do.  

From the federally funded abstinence only programs, to the constant erasure of the dangerous history of Christianity in both America and the world, we need to recognize the variety of ways people think and the beliefs they live by.  Just because they do not hold Christian values does not make them “lost” or “Satan worshipers” (a ridiculous insult to those who don’t believe in Satan lol)   

I’ve already discussed this on here before, but I just wanted this post on my blog. Also, the image made me laugh because most people are unaware that “In God We Trust” wasn’t added to the US dollar bill until 1957. The Founding Fathers would not approve. Heh.

This country was founded on Judeo-Christian values. Oh wait, no. I lied. That is the opposite of what is true.

My dad came home from a local Republican party meeting tonight with some lovely literature from the keynote speaker who is running for the U.S. Senate. There was one section that I found particularly lovely titled “My Principles,” where the speaker had three bullet points. Paraphrased, they were that 1) He is pro-life. 2) Marriage is between one man and one woman. 3) He believes the country needs to “uphold the Judeo-Christian principles that made this nation great.”

I know my parents aren’t necessarily pro-life, so that wasn’t my first issue to bring up. Similarly, my mom doesn’t oppose gay marriage, and while my dad thinks that marriage is between a man and a woman, he does believe that same-sex civil unions should carry all the same rights that marriages do. So out of the three, the third was the one that I found particularly annoying. 

Any time that someone tells me this country was founded on Judeo-Christian values, I have to fight the urge to punch them squarely in the face. I usually just take the Dwight Schrute approach and tell them, “False.” This was the approach I used with my father.

I brought up that our Constitution ensures the separation of Church and state, and I said that most of the Founding Fathers were not Christians. (They were primarily freethinkers. Many of them believed in a creator because this was long before Charles Darwin, but they certainly did not believe in the Christian God of the Bible.) I’m not sure why people think that the Founding Fathers were deeply religious, but any amount of research will show otherwise.

My dad then claimed that the Christian God is in the Constitution. Dad, if you can find me a single mention of Christianity in the Constitution, I will eat my foot. I assure you, the Constitution doesn’t even acknowledge God. The only time religion is mentioned is when the Constitution is making sure that the legislature excludes it.

Here are some quotes which show that the Founding Fathers would be rolling in their graves if they knew politicians were saying that they wanted to return the country to the land of Judeo-Christian values like the Fathers intended it to be.

"Religious bondage shackles and debilitates the mind and unfits it for every noble enterprise." - James Maddison

"I have recently been examining all the known superstitions of the world, and do not find in our particular superstition (Christianity) one redeeming feature. They are all alike founded on fables and mythology." - Thomas Jefferson

"This would be the best of all possible worlds, if there were no religion in it." - John Adams

"I do not believe in the creed professed by the Jewish Church, by the Roman Church, by the Greek Church, by the Turkish Church, by the Protestant Church, nor by any Church that I know of. My own mind is my own Church. Each of those churches accuse the other of unbelief; and for my own part, I disbelieve them all." - Thomas Paine

Obviously, many of the current Republicans are mistaken. If you want to believe in religion, that’s your right. Do I wish you wouldn’t? Of course. But more than anything, I just wish you wouldn’t try to use the Bible as a way of dictating legislature. A politician who justifies their political beliefs with a Bible reference is one of the last things that our Founding Fathers would have wanted to see. (Are you listening, Tea Party?) To quote Paine, “My own mind is my own Church.” I do not need an establishment to tell me what to think. I can do that for myself, thank you very much, and I certainly don’t want your establishment imposing on my rights.

tl;dr - Anyone who claims this country was established on Judeo-Christian principles obviously doesn’t know enough about our government to be considered for a position in the U. S. Senate.

A good world needs knowledge, kindliness, and courage; it does not need a regretful hankering after the past or a fettering of the free intelligence by the words uttered long ago by ignorant men.
Bertrand Russell - British mathematician and philosopher.  Jailed for six months during WWI for writing an antiwar article.  His irreligion and advocacy of sexual freedom got him barred from teaching in New York by the state Supreme Court in the early 1940s.  Awarded the 1950 Nobel Prize in Literature as “the champion of humanity and freedom of thought.” (via helvetebrann)

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Bertrand Russell on God

In a CBC TV interview from 1959, Bertrand Russell, a British Nobel Prize-winning philosopher and mathematician, discusses his beliefs on God, an afterlife and religious people.

‎All opinions are not equal. Some are a very great deal more robust, sophisticated and well supported in logic and argument than others.
Douglas Adams, author of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, in an interview with American Atheists
christiannightmares:

Kirk Cameron slams Stephen Hawking and John Lennon over anti-Christian attitudes toward Heaven (To read the story, click image or here; For a related video, click here.)

"Professor Hawking is heralded as ‘the genius of Britain,’ yet he believes in the scientific impossibility that nothing created everything and that life sprang from non-life." The former teen heartthrob steamed to TMZ. “Why should anyone believe Mr. Hawking’s writings if he cannot provide evidence for his unscientific belief that out of nothing, everything came?”
Yes, because as we all know, “former teen heartthrob” Kirk Cameron is far more qualified to comment on what is or is not “scientific” than that hack Stephen Hawking. Also, I love how Kirk Cameron’s argument is 'why should you believe it if you can't prove it?' … … …

christiannightmares:

Kirk Cameron slams Stephen Hawking and John Lennon over anti-Christian attitudes toward Heaven (To read the story, click image or here; For a related video, click here.)

"Professor Hawking is heralded as ‘the genius of Britain,’ yet he believes in the scientific impossibility that nothing created everything and that life sprang from non-life." The former teen heartthrob steamed to TMZ. “Why should anyone believe Mr. Hawking’s writings if he cannot provide evidence for his unscientific belief that out of nothing, everything came?”

Yes, because as we all know, “former teen heartthrob” Kirk Cameron is far more qualified to comment on what is or is not “scientific” than that hack Stephen Hawking. Also, I love how Kirk Cameron’s argument is 'why should you believe it if you can't prove it?' … … …

Can we imagine, or even believe in, something that doesn’t exist? Sure we can. Just talk with those who have been abducted by aliens. If some unseen thing is believed by many, e.g., angels, it is called faith. If a thing is believed by only one, and is wildly outside the gates of common sense and experience, then the belief, e.g., suddenly realizing that one’s guardian angel is made of grape jelly and having him (there are no female angels—check your bible, you can win bets on this) on toast, it is called psychosis. The problem is that the invisible and the non-existence look much the same. Christmas beliefs fall somewhere between the province of priest and psychiatrist.
Edwin F. Kagin - American attorney, website master, author, and National Legal Director for American Atheists.  Edwin, and his wife Helen were the first directors of Camp Quest, the country’s first secular humanist summer camp. (via helvetebrann)

That awkward moment when someone reblogs your atheistic post on what the Bible says about homosexuality with a bunch of New Testament verses that really prove nothing and then ends it with:

"Does historical contextualization mean nothing? Picking quotes from the bible to hatefully generalize Christians does not mean you understand their faith."

Oh wow, I completely forgot about historical contextualization! You know, that thing that also makes it completely okay for the Bible to justify slavery, because you know, it was a long time ago. Kind of like how slavery in the United States was completely okay up until the emancipation because, you know, that was kinda sort of a long time ago as well… and… historical contextualization… and stuff… yeah… (If you’re interested in what the Bible says about slavery, check out these links: Old Testment & New Testament)

*sigh* I’m genuinely not opposed to people bringing up counterpoints, really! I love discussions, and I’ve had good ones about theology before. But please, if you’re going to make a point, make it a good one. I fail to see how it would have been impossible for God to condemn slavery in the times of the Old and New Testaments, because he sure did condemn a lot of other random shit.

Also, I was not hatefully generalizing Christians. Please, point to the part of that post where I made a generalization about Christians. That post was actually a result of my contemplations on how my religious friends my age are so quick to dismiss most of the idiotic parts of the Bible. So I obviously know that most Christians (at least the ones I choose to associate myself with) do not literally believe everything the Bible says.

Then to say that I don’t understand the Christan faith is laughable. I grew up in the Church and went to private Christian school up until high school. I understand the Christian faith, but I eventually realized that it’s just as fictional as all the other religious faiths we are taught to believe are false, or even better, the work of the devil.

My thoughts on Christians who support gays and gay marriage…

I find myself frustrated by Christians who support gays and/or same-sex marriage. One one hand, I want to thank them for not supporting the violation of my civil rights. On the other hand, I want to explain to them how that actually makes them a crappy Christian. Hear me out…

The Bible (which if you are an actual Christian, you believe to be the word of God) says, “If a man has sexual relations with a man as one does with a woman, both of them have done what is detestable. They are to be put to death; their blood will be on their own heads” - Leviticus 20:13 (NIV). There isn’t much room for “interpretation” there, despite what the non-bat shit crazy Christians would understandably like to believe.

A death sentence for loving someone of the same sex may sound harsh, but seeing as God forbids bowl cuts, football, pulling out, tattoos, polyester, divorce, braided hair, wearing gold and shellfish, I guess being reasonable has never really been his thing. Oh and ladies, let’s not forget that if your hubby says you weren’t a virgin on your wedding night, all the men of the town are supposed to gather outside your daddy’s house for your stoning. (Check out Deuteronomy 22:13-21, because I couldn’t make this shit up if I tried.)

Are you one of those Christians who believes that gay people can still go to Heaven? “Or do you not know that wrongdoers will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor men who have sex with men nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God” - 1 Corinthians 6:9-10 (NIV). Damn, Paul. Harsh.

If you’re wondering why the angry God of the Old Testament doesn’t exactly line up with the slightly less angry God of the New Testament, there’s a explanation for that. Unfortunately for the non-bat shit crazy Christians, picking and choosing to follow the nice parts of the Bible, but not the fucked up parts, means you’ve really just created your own personal offshoot of Christianity.

While the Bible has always required some “interpretation” on the reader’s part, the verses above are very clear. To “interpret” them differently would simply be picking and choosing which parts of “God’s word” you have decided to ignore. Don’t worry, I’d rather you be an awesome person but a shitty Christian as opposed to a shitty person but an awesome Christian any day of the week.

Organized religion is extremely dated, and at this point in time, it is unnecessary. With some critical analysis, you’ll find that organized religion is nothing more than dogmatic bullshit.